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Saturday 7 June 2008
Working alongside artist Albert Potrony, Year 10 students and their families were invited to take part in a 3 week digital media project exploring the use of games, chance and randomness in decision making processes.

On the first day, families gathered video and camera footage of game playing, creating a pool of material from which to work over the course of the project. In two teams, families played an adapted version of pictionary, spontaneously creating a bank of words, and using specific drawing techniques to communicate the words to their team members. Families also used performance to create silent reflections on selected words. The process highlighted the dynamics group working and the opportunities and challenges of following designated rules when making art.

Saturday 14 June 2008
Looking at video and animation works of artists, including Laurie Hill whose animation was included in Blink at Gasworks in 2006, families explored how to construct non-linear narratives, disrupting concepts of time, duration and meaning. Looking in more detail at cut up techniques featured in William Burroughs' films, families responded by recording their own sounds, referring back to the bank of words generated in the first session. Breaking away from linear narratives, families tested different ways in which playfulness with intonation, volume and rhythm in spoken word can generate a variety of meanings. To close the session, families began the process of selecting and editing from visual and audio material produced throughout the project.

Saturday 21 June 2008
During the final session, families used Final Cut Pro to edit the bank of material created in the first two sessions, developing their own individual interpretations from a collective exercise. This highlighted for the students how to go about making decisions and the different results that can come out of varied selection processes. Some films brought out a humourous interpretation, while others presented darker and more eerie ideas.


Charles Edward Brooke Girls' School